Essay about The Death Of The Prison Camp
“In China, they want you to become a new socialist person, and that’s the purpose of the labor camps. The major job in the prison camp is to survive, to find food, that’s it.” –Harry Wu
“In China, you must conform but I can’t. That’s why they think I’m mad. I challenge everything, you see, and that’s the madness here. I ask Why? Why? …Why is not a Chinese question.” -Prisoner who spent 28 years in a labor camp breaking rocks.
These quotes epitomize the past and present reality of prison farms in China. These prison farms are a reflection of the Chinese government’s attitude towards human rights. Despite undergoing cosmetic changes, the ideology and purposes of these prison facilities remains the same. Yet these prison farms are in direct violation of the United Nations’ ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ signed on December 10, 1948. In the preamble, this Declaration states “the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common man.” As stated in Article 4, “None shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the…